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    Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Hey everyone,

    I've owned kind of an odd old Les Paul for the last 12 years (time flies...) and I've always been looking for older photos of it. Here's a wrap-up about its history:

    • Built in 1974 according to an old thread I created on the forum (link here!), although the owner said it's a '71
    • Sandwich body, original T-Tops, non-original potis
    • Serial number 129414
    • Pickup holes tell that it's a factory standard, not a re-routed Deluxe (from my understanding this was available as a custom option back then)
    • Probably an early refinish(?) as the color looks odd. According to the fading and the bright red below the pickguard/pickup switch, this must've been loooong ago
    • Tuners were replaced by the previous owner, although I have the original ones at home


    Now comes the interesting part: I've bought it from a guy here in Germany in 2007, who himself bought it at Freedom Guitars in LA in the early 90s and brought it over. He told me that this guitar belonged to Steve Hackett in the 70s, and is also visible in some early Genesis material (although I was never able to 100% spot it in any old photo/video). Back in 2007 I just tried my luck and contacted Steve Hackett via his management's website, and two awesome things happened:

    1. He actually replied (didn't expect that!)
    2. He said that he remembered this guitar and that it was actually stolen from him back in the 70s!


    Now comes my question:
    Has anyone ever seen a photo or video of Steve Hackett playing a Les Paul like this from the 70s?
    As a huge Genesis fan since early childhood, I'd love to see this!

    Also, if anything I listed about the guitar might be wrong - please let me know (you guys are the experts here!).

    Here are some photos:












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    Les Paul Forum Member kips2's Avatar
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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    I play in a Genesis tributeband. Our keyboard player (who also does some guitar) is a HUGE Genesis fan, I'll ask him what he knows about this guitar... He's a trivia freak so I wouldn't be surprised if he comes up with something...

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    Les Paul Forum Member kips2's Avatar
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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Here you can see him play the sunburst:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBc...ature=youtu.be

    Here's more general info about Hackett's guitars. It mentions the stolen sunburst:
    https://thegenesisarchive.co.uk/stev...te-1957-model/

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    After a closer look, I can see that the guitar he plays on the video is a Deluxe with mini-humbuckers, rather than a Standard...
    Sorry!

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    1973 vid.
    " Never Mind Your Face, just show us your card"

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I've owned kind of an odd old Les Paul for the last 12 years (time flies...) and I've always been looking for older photos of it. Here's a wrap-up about its history:

    • Built in 1974 according to an old thread I created on the forum (link here!), although the owner said it's a '71
    • Sandwich body, original T-Tops, non-original potis
    • Serial number 129414
    • Pickup holes tell that it's a factory standard, not a re-routed Deluxe (from my understanding this was available as a custom option back then)
    • Probably an early refinish(?) as the color looks odd. According to the fading and the bright red below the pickguard/pickup switch, this must've been loooong ago
    • Tuners were replaced by the previous owner, although I have the original ones at home


    Now comes the interesting part: I've bought it from a guy here in Germany in 2007, who himself bought it at Freedom Guitars in LA in the early 90s and brought it over. He told me that this guitar belonged to Steve Hackett in the 70s, and is also visible in some early Genesis material (although I was never able to 100% spot it in any old photo/video). Back in 2007 I just tried my luck and contacted Steve Hackett via his management's website, and two awesome things happened:

    1. He actually replied (didn't expect that!)
    2. He said that he remembered this guitar and that it was actually stolen from him back in the 70s!


    Now comes my question:
    Has anyone ever seen a photo or video of Steve Hackett playing a Les Paul like this from the 70s?
    As a huge Genesis fan since early childhood, I'd love to see this!

    Also, if anything I listed about the guitar might be wrong - please let me know (you guys are the experts here!).

    Here are some photos:














    Hey bud.. totally intriguing guitar and history . I did some scouring of the internet and some resources and some friends of mine that are Gibson and Genesis historians and came up empty. His '57 LP gold top keeps popping up in just about everything . Pretty freaking cool he replied to you. Any thoughts to what the original finish was ? I'm guessing whoever stole it refinished it ? lol

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Thanks a ton for your help so far! Yeah, I've been watching a ton of 70s Genesis videos but mostly saw him play his Goldtop or the Deluxe Sunburst - no sight of anything different so far. Interesting to read the article that mentioned a stolen Hackett sunburst in NYC, kips2!

    I'm also wondering what the original color was, so I took some additional photos of the control cavity. I'm not an expert at all, but maybe some of the experts in here can chime in what was original and what isn't?






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    Les Paul Forum Member guitplayer's Avatar
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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Thats a 1974 CC. Pots and caps changed out.
    Back should be "bursted". whole guitar may have been refinished.

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Sorry, but what does 'CC' stand for in that context?

    Btw, looks like a sunburst in the control cavity, doesn't it? Maybe the cavity was left out during the refinish.

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Control Cavity. Square wiring Ch. Probably originally a sunburst. Looks like
    that in the pickup routs. maybe this color. Back would be
    bursted.
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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    This is a quite rare 1974 Standard.... that iconic script on the TRC was only used for that run.....assuming it is original to the guitar.

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    Re: Steve Hackett's 1974 Les Paul. Looking for photos from the past!

    Yes, factory routed 74 Standard.
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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